It was a campaign pledge from Prime Minister Trudeau – now Parliament has approved: Canada legalizes as the world’s first leading industrialized country the cultivation and sale of cannabis.
Canada legalizes cannabis
Now there are only two to three months left before marijuana will be legal in Canada from the age of 18 and in smaller quantities. According to the House of Representatives, the Senate of the second-largest country in the world approved the same day.
Independent Senator Tony Dean, one of the Proponents of Law C-45, spoke of a historic vote: “90 years of prohibition are coming to an end.” That was a courageous step by the liberal government. In both houses there was finally a clear majority: 205 to 82 of the deputies voted yes, 52 to 29 of the senators.
In the end, it took longer
Actually, the legal sale should have started as early as July 1, but was delayed because the two chambers for months arguing about details. The Senate would have liked to give provinces the chance to forbid Canadians to breed plants at home.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had argued that experts had recommended the approval of up to four plants. At the same time, he knew that there are many questions and uncertainties. The consequences of the release will be examined and, if necessary, made in three years.
Trudeau tweeted after deciding that it had been far too easy for teenagers to get marijuana – and for criminals who To take profits. That will change now. Canada is the first major G7 industrialized nation to release marijuana to a large extent.
For Trudeau, that was also an important campaign promise. In the US, consumption is permitted in nine states, including California.